Michael O’Haver

Gold Country Writers-Secretary

D. Michael O’Haver – Author, Graphic Artist, Publisher

My Website: https://www.ohavers-lighthouse-beacon-press.com/


  • Children’s Picture Books
  • Children’s Chapter Books
  • Children’s Educational Workbooks
  • Adult Self-Help Books
  • Adult Historical Fiction
  • Memoirs
  • Christian Poetry
  • Newsletters
  • Science Fiction (Coming Soon)

Graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature, in 2010

Michael O’Haver was born in Atascadero, California.  He got into writing rather late in life three years before retiring from a 38 year career as a City and Regional Planner.

His daughter Lisa, by his second marriage was going through a divorce.  She wanted to give her own daughter Mickenzie something to do during this difficult time in both their lives.  She asked Michael to e-mail Mickenzie. He was happy to comply.  When he did, he asked Mickenzie, who was about ten at the time, to start a story about herself and some of her many pets.  She would send it to him and he would edit it, adding his part.    When they finished a story, they would pick another pet or adventure; some were imaginary, and some were based on true events.

The result was the chapter book – Mickenzie’s Menagerie.

Two of the chapters in Mickenzie’s Menagerie, Michael has since turned into picture books:

  • The Perfect Christmas Tree, and
  • The Tales of Two Kittens

Over the years he has gotten inspiration for seven more children’s picture books, three educational workbooks for children, a couple of adult self-help books and currently is working on his first Historical NovelGold Fever, as well as his first Memoir about his athletic career – The Memoirs of a Track Nut.

Children’s Picture & Chapter Books:

  • Mickenzie’s Menagerie
  • Dragonfly Quest
  • The Paperboy
  • The Mysteries of Meadowlark Lane
  • The Magic Crooked Canes
  • The Adventures of Joe, the Wave that Grew
  • The Little Dog with the Big Bark
  • The Perfect Christmas Tree
  • The Tales of Two Kittens

Children’s Educational Books:

  • The Last Royal Monarch
  • The Animal Alphabet Book
  • The Greening of Naveen

 Self-Help Books:

  • Recovering from Back Injuries
  • A Short Guide to A Long Marriage
  • Finding Your Soul Mate in a Soulless World (Coming Soon)

Adult Historical Fiction:

  • Gold Fever (Coming Soon)


  • Memoirs of a Track Nut (Coming Soon)


  • A Short Guide to a Long Marriage
  • Annual calendars turned into Mini Books of Poetry with photos.
  • Trees
  • Lighthouses, or Oregon & Washington
  • West Coast Lighthouses
  • Covered Bridges, Oregon
  • Covered Bridges of California
  • Fruits of the Spirit
  • Barns of Highway 49
  • The Cross
  • Prayers in Verse
  • Rivers
  • Waterfalls
  • Old Barns of Lake County
  • The Lighthouse and the Cross
  • Gardens
  • Sailing Ships
  • Old Spanish Missions of California

Newsletter Editor/Writer/Illustrator:


  • Gold Country Writers – Dispatch
  • Placer’s Gold Toastmasters
  • Auburn SDA Church

In the Past:

  • Kern COG Log
  • Madras SDA Church
  • Bakersfield Track Club – The Last Gasp
  • Kern County Triathlon Association
  • Kern County Triathlon Club
  • Foothills Christian Writers
  • Redwood Chapter of Adventist Singles